WHERE in the US is Chappaquiddick Island
? WHEN did John Gorton become Prime Minister of Australia?
Ted Kennedy's car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island
, Massachusetts; the grisly murders of eight people by the "family" of Charles Manson in August; the spectacle of nearly a half-million people showing up at a farm in upstate New York in August to take in the Woodstock music festival; and the joyous summer of the '69 Chicago Cubs.
Gifford's remark neatly summarizes the tragedy that took the life of 28-year-old Kopechne, a passenger in Kennedy's black Oldsmobile when it plunged into the waters of Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island
sometime during the night of July 18-19.
On that night, Kennedy hosted a party on Chappaquiddick Island
, Massachusetts, as a sort of reunion for former members of his brother Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign team, according to (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/incident-on-chappaquiddick-island) History's account of the incident .
There had to be an element of magic in it because the Kennedys were cursed by bad luck: First Jack assassinated; then Bobby, shot in a hotel pantry; then Ted's car span off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island
and his female passenger died; then Jack's son killed in an air plane crash.
In this work for general readers, author Donald Nelson, a physics professor, attempts to prove there was another passenger in the car with Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne on that summer night in MarthaAEs Vineyard when KennedyAEs car went off a bridge and into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island
. The author finds flaws and cover-ups in the investigation into the accident and seeks to answer unsolved mysteries about the crash, such as why Kennedy told no one about the death of Kopechne when he returned to his cottage.
Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island
near Martha's Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; some time later, Kennedy's car went off a bridge into the water.
Kennedy admitted leaving the scene of the accident on Chappaquiddick Island
in the US and was handed a two-month suspended sentence.
Ted Kennedy's legacy is marred by the 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island
that left a woman dead.
After touring Edgartown's elegant shops, historic town hall and its own Portobello Road, great for quirky gifts and one-off pieces of art, I rented a bike and hopped on the $6 (pounds 4) ferry across to Chappaquiddick Island
For Americans, reaching the moon provided uplift and respite from the Vietnam War, from strife in the Middle East, from the startling news just a few days earlier that a young woman had drowned in a car driven off a wooden bridge on Chappaquiddick Island
From our next stop, Edgartown - a very smart, upmarket place where our B&B was the elegant Jonathan Munroe House - we hired bikes and made the 60-second ferry crossing to Chappaquiddick Island